December 10, 2013 - by Ben Wen
Truth is, most implementations of systems software are not fodder for scintillating demos. Without context, they are not too different from watching authorship of a Neanderthalian libretto of guttural vocalizations ("grep awk sed *.ps1, ugh!"). But for this audience, there very much is the appreciation of the crush depth that one descends to in making mission-critical systems actually work, especially in finally eradicating the corner-case bugs that page us at 3am on a Sunday morning.
That, it turns out, only slightly overstates the motivation for Joyent to invest heavily in creating a production-quality system for Node.js. As Bryan describes in his presentation by being stewards of both the application runtime (Node.js) and the underlying operating system (SmartOS), Joyent was able to mutually reinforce both products.
The new Linux functionality and demo script are available publicly at this link.
(More in a future blog post!)